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Istanbul to Vienna | 16 Days
Date Range: May 2015 - Oct 2015Ship: River Duchess

Istanbul to Vienna | 16 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Istanbul Motorcoach
Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, where you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 2:
Istanbul UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet Breakfast

FEATURED EXCURSION: Istanbul city tour with Grand Bazaar

Today’s panoramic tour takes you to Istanbul’s greatest sites, including the impressive Hippodrome, distinctive Blue Mosque, spectacular Hagia Sophia, and magnificent Topkapi Palace. Then wend your way through the vaulted passages and six thousand merchant stalls of the Grand Bazaar.

Note: Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) is a place of active worship. Ceremonies may restrict visitors from entering at times. At all times, please obey mosque etiquette.

Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. The city tour of Istanbul will be arranged in accordance with the days they are open. If Hagia Sophia is not available during your stay, we will offer the harem visit in Topkapi Palace instead.

Day 3:
Istanbul, fly to Bucharest, transfer to Bucharest hotel MotorcoachBuffet Breakfast
Explore Istanbul’s many charms at your leisure. Stroll the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum or take in the Basilica Cistern, with its forest of marble columns. Then depart for the Romanian capital of Bucharest. 
Day 4:
Bucharest, transfer to Giurgiu, Rousse MotorcoachEmbark/DisembarkBuffet BreakfastLunchWelcome Gala Dinner

FEATURED EXCURSION: Bucharest city tour with People's Palace visit

Start the day with a panoramic tour of eclectic Bucharest and visit the extraordinary People’s Palace, home of the Romanian Parliament and the second-largest building in the world. After traveling to Giurgiu, board your Uniworld ship and sail for Rousse. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 5:
Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Ivanovo and Rusenski countryside) UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries and Rusenski Lom Nature Park

See the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle in Veliko Tarnovo and the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi before enjoying a typical Bulgarian lunch. Or opt for a tour of the countryside, including the UNESCO-designated rock-hewn cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo and the beautiful Rusenski Lom Nature Park.
Day 6:
Cruising the Danube River, Vidin MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSION: Belogradchik rock formations and Baba Vida Fortress

Explore the fascinatingly peculiar Belogradchik rocks and the Baba Vida Fortress.

Day 7:
Cruising the Iron Gates Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner

Spend a peaceful day cruising the majestic Iron Gates, a spectacularly scenic stretch of the Danube that marks the boundary between Romania and Serbia.

Day 8:
Belgrade MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with Kalemegdan Fortress or exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour

Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, driving past the National Museum and Parliament, before visiting the vast Kalemegdan Fortress. Or, if you’d prefer a more active option, you can bike Belgrade, discovering sites relevant to the city’s more-immediate past, from WWII to today.

Day 9:
Vukovar (Osijek) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Osijek, school visit, and exclusive home-hosted lunch

Children will perform for you at their school before you take a tour of the town and savor an exclusive home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family.

Note: School visit not available during school holidays.
Day 10:
Mohács (Pécs) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastDinner

FEATURED EXCURSION: Excursion to Pécs with exclusive wine tasting in the Villány Hills

Journey to ancient Pécs before adventuring into the spectacular countryside for an exclusive wine tasting.

Day 11:
Budapest UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour  

A panoramic coach tour shows you Budapest’s top sights, from Castle Hill and Parliament to the Grand Market. Or discover the city’s treasures like a local: hop the metro to a famous pastry shop, stroll romantic Károlyi Garden, and visit Market Hall.

Day 12:
Budapest, Szentendre Island MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Hungarian reception at Szentendre Island’s Bodor Major Horse Farm

Take a motorcoach to Szentendre Island’s Bodor Major Horse Farm for a private reception and a dazzling display of horsemanship.

Day 13:
Bratislava Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bratislava walking tour or “Village Day” in Biskupice: “Slovakian traditions and lifestyle”

Take a guided stroll through Bratislava, or get a feel for village life by spending the day at Biskupice, where you’ll visit a manor house that has been transformed into a museum—and a brewery!

Day 14:
Vienna UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit or exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour

Enjoy a panoramic tour along stately Ringstrasse to the regal Winter Palace. Or, opt to explore Vienna’s artistic side, with a visit to the majestic Belvedere and the spectacular Kunstkammer at the Art History Museum.

Note: The Art History Museum is closed on Mondays; if the tour lands on a Monday, Albertina Museum will be visited instead.

Day 15:
Vienna Buffet BreakfastLunchFarewell Gala Dinner

Enjoy the day on your own. You might like to borrow one of the ship’s bikes and tour nearby Danube Island’s verdant nature preserve. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 16:
Depart Vienna Embark/DisembarkMotorcoachContinental Breakfast/Buffet Breakfast
Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.

Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Vienna to Istanbul | 16 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Vienna (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/DisembarkDinner
Arrive at Vienna International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. 
Day 2:
Vienna UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit or exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour

Enjoy a panoramic tour along stately Ringstrasse to the regal Winter Palace. Or, opt to explore Vienna’s artistic side, with a visit to the majestic Belvedere and the spectacular Kunstkammer at the Art History Museum.

Note: The Art History Museum is closed on Mondays; if the tour lands on a Monday, Albertina Museum will be visited instead.
Day 3:
Vienna Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner
Enjoy the day on your own. You might like to borrow one of the ship’s bikes and tour nearby Danube Island’s verdant nature preserve. 
Day 4:
Bratislava Buffet BreakfastLunchWelcome Gala Dinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bratislava walking tour or “Village Day” in Biskupice: “Slovakian traditions and lifestyle”

Take a guided stroll through Bratislava, or get a feel for village life by spending the day at Biskupice, where you’ll visit a manor house that has been transformed into a museum—and a brewery!  In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 5:
Szentendre Island, cruising the Danube River, Budapest UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Hungarian reception at Szentendre Island’s Bodor Major Horse Farm and choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour  

Take a motorcoach to Szentendre Island’s Bodor Major Horse Farm for a private reception and a dazzling display of horsemanship. Then in the afternoon take a panoramic coach tour shows you Budapest’s top sights, from Castle Hill and Parliament to the Grand Market. Or discover the city’s treasures like a local: hop the metro to a famous pastry shop, stroll romantic Károlyi Garden, and visit Market Hall.
Day 6:
Budapest Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner
Spend the day at leisure. 
Day 7:
Mohács (Pécs) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSION: Excursion to Pécs with exclusive wine tasting in the Villány Hills 

Pécs boasts a fascinating array of Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques-turned-churches. The region is famous for its vinoculture; taste the celebrated red wines produced in the Villány Hills on a special wine excursion.
Day 8:
Osijek MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Osijek, school visit, and exclusive home-hosted lunch 

Children will perform for you at their school before you take a tour of the town and savor an exclusive home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family. 

Note: School visit not available during school holidays.
Day 9:
Belgrade MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with Kalemegdan Fortress or exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour

Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, driving past the National Museum and Parliament, before visiting the vast Kalemegdan Fortress. Or, if you’d prefer a more active option, you can bike Belgrade, discovering sites relevant to the city’s more-immediate past, from WWII to today.
Day 10:
Cruising the Iron Gates Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner
Spend a peaceful day cruising the majestic Iron Gates, a spectacularly scenic stretch of the Danube that marks the boundary between Romania and Serbia.
Day 11:
Vidin, cruising the Danube River MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSION: Belogradchik rock formations and Baba Vida Fortress

Explore the fascinatingly peculiar Belogradchik rocks and the Baba Vida Fortress.
Day 12:
Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Ivanovo and Rusenski countryside) UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchFarewell Gala Dinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries and Rusenski Lom Nature Park

See the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle in Veliko Tarnovo and the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi before enjoying a typical Bulgarian lunch. Or opt for a tour of the countryside, including the UNESCO-designated rock-hewn cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo and the beautiful Rusenski Lom Nature Park.  In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 13:
Giurgiu (disembark), transfer to Bucharest hotel Embark/DisembarkMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunch
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bucharest city tour with People’s Palace visit 

Disembark the ship in Giurgiu and transfer via motorcoach to Bucharest where you will enjoy lunch at a local Romanian restaurant.  Later in the day, enjoy a panoramic tour of eclectic Bucharest, with its mix of monumental Communist buildings and French-influenced architecture.  Tonight you'll enjoy the comforts of a luxury hotel located in the heart of the city.
Day 14:
Bucharest, flight to Istanbul UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet Breakfast
FEATURED EXCURSION: Istanbul city tour with Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace

Depart from Bucharest and fly to Istanbul. Once in Istanbul, a panoramic tour takes you to Istanbul’s greatest sites. Then wend your way through the vaulted passages and six thousand merchant stalls of the Grand Bazaar. Afterwards it's on to Topkapi Palace, the official residence of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th through the 19th centuries.

Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. The city tour of Istanbul will be arranged in accordance with the days they are open. If Hagia Sophia is not available during your stay, we will offer the harem visit in Topkapi Palace instead.

Day 15:
Istanbul MotorcoachBuffet Breakfast
FEATURED EXCURSION: Istanbul city tour with Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

Once in Istanbul, a panoramic tour takes you to Istanbul’s greatest sites including the Blue Mosque nicknames for the beautiful blue of the Iznik tiles that line its walls.  Moving on, you'll then visit magnificent Hagia Sophia, the "Church of Holy Wisdom," one of the most celebrated houses of worship in the world.

Note: Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) is a place of active worship. Ceremonies may restrict visitors from entering at times. At all times, please obey mosque etiquette.

Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. The city tour of Istanbul will be arranged in accordance with the days they are open. If Hagia Sophia is not available during your stay, we will offer the harem visit in Topkapi Palace instead.
Day 16:
Istanbul MotorcoachContinental Breakfast/Buffet Breakfast
Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight home. 
Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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